Vessel with Youths and Their Dogs
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Kleophrades Painter
Greek, Athens, about 490 B.C.
16 in.

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In the early 400s B.C., Greek vase-painters took a new interest in scenes drawn from daily life. Vases from this period often depicted groups of boys or youths engaged in their usual activities: school, athletic training, and courting. The panel on the shoulder of this Athenian red-figure kalpis, however, shows a group of youths in a moment of relaxation. Accompanied by their dogs, the youths are conversing, either leaning on walking sticks or sitting, while one leans forward to tie his sandal.

The kalpis was a new vase shape in the early 400s B.C. The rounded profile replaced the older, more angular form of hydria, or water jar. Early in his career, the Kleophrades Painter decorated the angular form of hydria, but he later switched to the kalpis. Other features, such as the depiction of a scene from everyday life and the type of ornament framing the panel, also suggest that this vase comes from the later phase of the Kleophrades Painter's career.